TheaterWorks, 10580 N. 83rd Drive, Peoria, announced May 20 that it will suspend all in-person programming until the fall, due to coronavirus precautions.
“Our hearts are with you, our family, and our friends during this difficult time,” producing artistic director Chris Hamby and managing director Cate Hinkle stated in a news release. “In response to the rapidly changing environment and out of concern for the safety and health of our patrons, TheaterWorks has made the difficult decision.”
The canceled in-person programming includes previously planned summer productions and summer camps.
“Our creative juices are still flowing and we are currently developing virtual class offerings to replace our in-person SummerWorks camps which we will share with you very soon,” the statement continued. “We are working hard to bring you the theater you love, and will share more with you in the coming weeks. We ask that you have an open mind, an open heart and willingness to engage in the performing arts in new ways.”
The nonprofit theater has served Peoria and the West Valley for 34 years, and drew more than 130,000 patrons to its programming last season.
‘It is undeniable that this difficult situation is causing significant and lasting hardships for our organization,” the theater’s statement added. “If you are able, convert your tickets or passes into a donation or make a monetary gift. We would be deeply grateful. It will give us resiliency during these extraordinary times and is fully tax-deductible.”
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The theater is “exploring all options” to present live offerings in the future, and invites community residents to complete a survey at www.theaterworks.org to examine potential new experiences.